Fraudulent travellers beware: More than £600k recovered from fare evaders
- More than 11,000 unpaid fares recovered
- 2,033 fines progressed to court
- EMR committed to tackle fare evasion which ultimately costs rail customers and taxpayers
East Midlands Railway (EMR) has recovered more than £600,000 from fining or taking to court fraudulent travellers in the past ten months - helping reduce costs for taxpayers.
From January 1 to November 13, its revenue protection officers and onboard staff have issued 11,510 notices and successfully prosecuted 2,033 fare evaders through the courts - returning a combined total of £684,667.
The fines and prosecutions were made for a number of reasons, including travelling without a valid ticket, fraudulently travelling on a child's ticket, and travelling beyond the destination of their ticket.
People were only pursued through the courts after they travelled without a ticket and refused to pay for their journey and the corresponding fine.
Dave Meredith, Customer Services Director at East Midlands Railway, said: "The vast majority of our customers always buy a ticket, and understand that for the railway to successfully operate, improve, and secure investment, fares need to be paid for.
"Sadly though, there are a minority of determined people who think they can get away without buying ticket.
"Simply put, fare evasion is a criminal offence, and our revenue protection teams and fraud team are working everyday to catch people trying to evade paying for their journey."
More information concerning East Midlands Railway's fare policies can be found on its website here: https://www.eastmidlandsrailway.co.uk/help-manage/about-us/policies/penalty-fares
Media Relations Manager
East Midlands Railway